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A longing for Paris, France, leads a budding writer into her past lives to discover the genesis of this desire. Her guides on this journey include the famous French writer Marcel Proust, author of In Search of Lost Time and his companion Celeste, novelist Colette, the inimitable Charles Dickens, tortured artist Vincent van Gogh and a demon named Samael. She will visit Vers...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Createspace
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Pamela Clark
Apr 28, 2012 Pamela Clark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends or anyone interested in a side trip.
Recommended to Pamela by: I was lucky, I participated in the Q & A forum on the Book Review and won a free copy.
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Salutations mes amis: I just finished Mari Mann’s Parisian by Heart and I highly recommend that you place her book on your to-be-read list. Albeit far from my genre, I welcomed the thrill of the new adventure. I feel as if I am the American eagle that makes its nest at Lynx Lake, which is close to our home in Arizona. While the normal flight path of the western eagle is to fly from here to Oregon or the State of Washington, one year this particular eagle spent his time in Colorado; an adventurou...more
Jeff Vander
Mari Mann’s debut novel Parisian by Heart is a pure delight – the literary equivalent of a freshly baked madeleine cookie dipped in tea on a summer afternoon. The story connects, in a masterful way, the lives of Marcel Proust, with his mysterious moments in and through time, Charles Dickens, Marie Antoinette, Vincent van Gogh, and other fascinating characters in a magical homage to the City of Light. Mann blends centuries and continents with a certain humor and irreverent savoir-faire, just as J...more
Shaun
Part Annie Dillard, minus the mountains, and part parable. That is the sum. I admit that once into the first few chapters, I was wondering how our author would deliver on her promising synopsis. By the second half, I was in a current that directed me do continue every chance I could (I was reading at work). The current gained momentum and by the last chapters, as all unfolded, it was difficult to put the book down. We should all know how we came to "be" as our story's heroine has.
Princessfaz
Thank you Mari for this book!! I really enjoyed reading it. It was interesting, had some deep insights and also featured a lot of Paris in days gone by so I loved it! :) And now, I am more determined than ever to read Proust!! Thanks for a delightful read!!
Pamela Clark
Apr 10, 2012 Pamela Clark is currently reading it
Oh my gosh... I have received an email from Goodreads that I am one of the winner's of this weeks Q&A review for the book Parisian by Heart. I can't wait to start reading Mari's book and promise to keep you all updated!!!
Melissa Derr
It took a while for me to read. But that is with any book. It is very interesting with the timeline changes and author references. I enjoyed the surprise references and the sudden timeline changes. All in all a good read.
Johan
A great read, very interesting theme and written in an original style. I enjoyed reading the book a lot! Looking forward to read the next book (already programmed!) of the talented writer of this debut.
Dottie
Strange but intriguing and finally satisfying read. Not my usual but holding so many connections it was hard to feel the resistance which I did feel through much of the book -- but in the end it won me over.
Valentina
With old world charm and a quirky set of events, this book is sure to capture the heart of many lovers of the French culture.
What I enjoyed most was the mood, the whimsical atmosphere that pervades the pages. Yes, of course, the plot is a bit defiant of logic, but it is amusing, and fun in such a way that the reader can easily put the rules of the universe aside and enjoy the ride. There are some wonderfully lush descriptions of Paris, and of some of the most famous people to have lived there,...more
Cecilia
I thought that Ms. Mann wove a quite creative tale in her book Parisian By Heart. There was interesting interaction between the protagonist and the historical characters she meets along her way. She uses quite a few interesting devices to move her plot along (not to giving anything away), including a story within a story. The reader can tell that she is a full blown francophile, but it isn't overwhelming to the reader. The only reason I didn't give this novel 5 stars is because I'm not sure a re...more
Robert Starr
I enjoyed the tale of both the famous and interesting people in her story. It took me back to my French classes back in high school. I got to know each of the characters on a personal basis. I loved Julia and the surprise ending in Paris.
Natalie
Jan 25, 2014 Natalie marked it as nevermind
Read few pages in and didn't like the tone. It was too fanciful. I might try this book later on, as the premise is very appealing. (My heart belongs to Paris) but I'm not going to waste time on it now.
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Mari Mann was born in 1960 in Portsmouth, VA., and, after much moving around with her military family, grew up mostly in southeastern Virginia and spent twelve years working on a horse ranch and a farm there. A committed reader from childhood, she now works and writes next to woods and gardens and animals in Knotts Island, North Carolina, where she moved after marrying her husband, Rod Mann, a pho...more
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Parisian by Heart - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry

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